Alice: design of a time-oriented collaboration service for design teams

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Abstract

This paper describes the design and implementation of Alice, an online collaboration system that integrates several commercial cloud storage services and reconfigures team member's interactions into a time-oriented visualization. Designers use social media and other general-purpose tools to collaborate across organizations due to their accessibility and ease of use and learning. However, such tools are cumbersome in covering the specific collaboration needs of design activities. Alice elicits ad hoc collaboration in design teams by facilitating team members to use their own set of tools in a seamless way. Participants highlighted that Alice serves as a central reference for the coordination of teamwork by providing an overview of rhythms and temporal relationships of design activities. Our work suggests that collaboration tools could be portrayed as technologies of time production. This reveals opportunities for future research on how the temporal agency embodied by the collaboration tools affects collaborative activities in design.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ACM SIGCHI Symposium on Engineering Interactive Computing Systems, EICS 2018
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-5897-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jun 2018
Event10th ACM SIGCHI Symposium on Engineering Interactive Computing Systems, EICS 2018 - Paris, France
Duration: 19 Jun 201822 Jun 2018

Conference

Conference10th ACM SIGCHI Symposium on Engineering Interactive Computing Systems, EICS 2018
CountryFrance
CityParis
Period19/06/1822/06/18

Keywords

  • Collaboration
  • Design teams
  • Groupware
  • Temporality

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